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President Donald Trump pressured Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call for a special legislative session ahead of awarding electors after his legal team presented what it said was compelling video evidence last week of illegal ballot counting.
The two Republican leaders traded comments on Twitter ahead of the president’s visit to the Peach State for a rally on behalf of Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both of whom face run-off elections in January that will decide whether the GOP retains control of the chamber.
“I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permit a simple signature verification. Has not been done and will show large scale discrepancies. Why are these two ‘Republicans’ saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else falls in place!” Trump wrote.
As I told the President this morning, I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia. #gapol https://t.co/xdXrhf1vI2
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) December 5, 2020
“As I told the President this morning, I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia. #gapol,” Kemp responded a short while later.
The president then pushed Kemp to call a special session of the legislature, ostensibly to either examine his legal team’s evidence or to award the state’s electors to him.
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“But you never got the signature verification! Your people are refusing to do what you ask. What are they hiding? At least immediately ask for a Special Session of the Legislature. That you can easily, and immediately, do. #Transparency,” the president wrote.
As governor, Kemp does not have the authority to order Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, to conduct a signature audit of ballots.
That said, he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Friday, “I think it should be done. I think especially [given] what we saw today… it raises more questions.”
Kemp was referencing surveillance video from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, a vote-counting center, that was leaked to the Trump legal team and presented to a state senate panel on Thursday.
The video purports to show 4-5 ballot counters staying behind for about two hours after a supervisor dismissed everyone else, including GOP poll watchers and the media, around 10 p.m. Nov. 3, to count ballots that were hidden underneath a table.
The table, according to the video, was placed in the counting room around 8:00 a.m. on Election Day and covered with a black tablecloth; it’s not clear when the “suitcases” allegedly filled with ballots were placed underneath.
Jacki Pick, a lawyer who volunteered on behalf of Team Trump to present and describe the video to the state senate panel, suggested that in the given two-hour timeframe, the handful of ballot counters who stayed behind could have easily scanned tens of thousands of ballots, which she said was a violation of state election law because they were scanned without observers.
“What you’re going to see happen at about 11:00 is once everybody is gone, coast is clear, they’re going to pull ballots out from underneath a table. Watch this table,” she said, narrating the video. “We did not know when we first watched this, is it normal to store suitcases of ballots under a table, under a table cloth?”
WATCH: Footage of State Farm Arena in #Atlanta shows that after poll monitors and media were told counting was done, four workers stayed behind to count #ballots, at times pulling out suitcases containing ballots from underneath desks.
Watch full video: https://t.co/EHnM5HZFWj pic.twitter.com/xuT8Svgxbr
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) December 3, 2020
“At about 8:00 in the morning … this table, the black one, was placed there by the lady with the blonde braids at about 8:22 in the morning. So she put that table there,” Pick said.
“So the same person who’s staying behind now, the same person who cleared the place out under the pretense that we’re going to stop counting, is the person who put the table there.”
Before Pick’s presentation, Ray Smith, the lead counsel in Georgia for the Trump campaign, listed several instances of alleged vote fraud the legal team had discovered.
“It is impossible…impossible…to certify the results of the 2020 election,” said Smith.
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